Educating Rita UK Tour – 2020 tour resumes to reopen more theatres

Stephen Tompkinson stars in the 40th-anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. The Educating Rita UK Tour 2020 will re-open more theatres.

Educating Rita UK Tour 2020
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Theatre by the Lake are delighted to announce that the major new stage production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita which has just played a successful season at the Minack Theatre will re-commence touring (with social distancing) from 28 October 2020 re-opening even more theatres starting with the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank, and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita, the play will be directed by Max Roberts.

Educating Rita tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons and her encounters with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other.

Educating Rita Uk Tour
Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson in Educating Rita UK Tour. Photo: Robert Day

The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine.

The tour will reopen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, running from 28 October to 14 November.  This will be followed by a week at Shrewsbury Theatre Severn, with many more dates to be announced.

David Pugh said: “Rita herself is a class act. She has always embraced change and so now, with social distancing – if you’ve got a closed theatre, she’ll reopen it – we are delighted we’re reopening the historic Rose Theatre, Kingston.”

The Educating Rita UK Tour will have set and costume designs by Patrick Connellan, lighting design by Drummond Orr and sound design by David Flynn.

EDUCATING RITA UK TOUR 2020

28 October – 14 November 2020
Rose Theatre, Kingston
BOOK TICKETS

17 – 21 November 2020
Shrewsbury Theatre, Severn
ON SALE SOON

Further dates to be announced.

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